Customize Default User Account Picture in Windows 7

Posted in Windows 7, Windows Server by Steve Sinchak

The default flower user picture is displayed for new accounts and on various logon screens throughout the OS.  Customizing this picture requires a simple file copy and doing so will allow you to personalize your PC or even display a corporate logo.

The default picture file is located in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\ and is called user.bmp. 

I recommend replacing the file with an image resized to 128 x 128 pixels and saveed as a 24-bit bitmap (.bmp) file for the best looking picture.

If you don’t have a good replacement you can snag one of the stock user account pictures from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\Default Pictures.

To create a backup, rename user.bmp to user2.bmp.  Then just copy your resized bitmap to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures.

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